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Darden aiming to repeat
o By SCOTT G. MILLER
.Bob Darden would be a good subject
for an American Express card com-
mercial. Despite being one of
Michigan's greatest gymnasts ever,
few people would be able to recognize
'Darden became only the second
gymnastics coach since the sport's in-
ception in 1947 when the legendary
Newt Loken retired after the 1983
season. Loken had amassed an
amazing coaching record over his 36-
year tenure that included 12 Big Ten
titles, two National Championships, 71
individual conference titles, and 22 in-
dividual NCAA champions. To succeed
} Loken would be a difficult task for
anyone, but Darden tries not to let the
pressure bother him.
"NEWT WAS a great tutor in
dbaching and in life in general," said
Darden. "Nobody could follow in his
footsteps. I have to blaze my own trail.
The pressure to do well cannot just
come from past greatness."
Darden became involved with gym-
nastics by accident. In high school his
two older brothers competed in football
and wrestling. Wanting to follow in
their footsteps, Darden started his
high school athletic career on the
gridiron. "The people around me began
to grow much faster than I was,"
recalled Darden. "So I quickly decided
that I had to find another sport."
He tried gymnastics and found that it
accommodated his size much better
than football. Today most gymnasts
start when they are eight years old, and
it is very difficult to begin in high
school. The late start by today's stan-
dards did not bother Darden. By his
senior year in 1972, he was offered a
gymnastics scholarship to Michigan.
"I WAS originally recruited as an all-
around gymnast," Darden said. "But
there always seemed to be better all-
arounders a little ahead of me. So I
decided to specialize in my best event,
the high bar."
He certainly did specialize on the
high bar. Darden won three Big Ten
high bar titles, and as a senior finished
second in the NCAA championships.
"The highlight of my career was
becoming an All-American my senior
year. It was the culmination of many
years of hard work and effort. I also en-
joyed being on two Big Ten champion-
ship teams in 1973 and 1975," commen-
BEFORE Darden became head
coach, he served under Loken for seven
years while pursuing a graduate degree
in business administration from
Eastern Michigan University.
"I do not have any real coaching
highlight that stands out," he said.
"Just being named coach of Michigan
has overshadowed everything else. It is
great to coach at Michigan."
The reason Darden coaches is the
same his athletes compete-enjoyment
and the chance to excel. There are no
dreams of future multi-million dollar
professional contracts after the com-
pletion of college gymnastics careers.
THE GOAL of our program is to produce
a well-rounded team and well-rounded
student athletes," said Darden.
Like any other coach, Darden's basic
strategy is for his athletes to improve
on a daily basis.
"I want every day to be better for
each of the gymnasts," said Darden.
"Our team goal is to post a higher total
point score each meet. Since we have
been improving steadily this season, it
will be tougher to post higher scores as
the season progresses especially
towards the Big Ten championships."
DARDEN IS respected by other coaches
and his team members. "Bob is a fair
and a good coach, even though he ex-
pects a lot from his team," said
Michigan womens gymnastics coach
Dana Kempthorn. "He has a positive
attitude with his gymnasts that really
pays off during meets."
"Coach Darden is easy to get along
with, does a good job in trying to
motivate our team and has exercised
great patience with us as we have
gained experience," said gymnast
Ehle's teammate Mitch Rose said,
"Darden has set hard goals for the
team to meet, and he is working hard to
obtain those goals."
DESPITE having only three scholar-
ships to offer, the fewest in the Big Ten,
Darden has built a cohesive unit from a
diverse cross-section of talent. The
Michigan team consists of recruits
from the U.S. junior national team, in-
dividuals who tried out for the junior
national team, a member of the South
African national team and walk-ons.
Last season the tumblers finished fif-
th in the Big Ten, and the top four Big
Ten teams went to the national finals.
This season the gymnasts have not won
a meet, but they have performed ad-
mirably considering the team's youth
and collegiate inexperience.
"We started the season off by scoring
248 which is poor by major college
standards," said Darden. "Now we are
pushing to score in the mid 260's."
The tumblers have only one senior,
team captain Stu Downing, and the
remainder of the team has sophomore
or freshman eligibility. The all-around
squad, including sophomores Gavin
Meyerowitz and Mitch Rose, and
freshmen Craig Ehle and Nick Lan-
phier provide a solid nucleus for years
If the youth continues to improve, the
tumblers and their coach may gain the
respect and recognition they deserve.
'I have to blaze my own
trail. The pressure to do
well cannot just come
from past greatness.'
rumored to run Lions
'PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona
State University's head football coach,
Darryl Rogers, "has been offered and
will accept" the coaching job with the
Detroit Lions of the National Football
League, the Phoenix Gazette said in its
late Tuesday editions.
Quoting only "a source close to the
Sun Devils' program," the afternoon
uewspaper also said that move could
4pmage a planned major Arizona State
NO LIONS' spokesman was available
for comment immediately in Detroit.
The Gazette said Rogers was on a
recruiting trip to California. It also said
it had a report from Detroit that Rogers
would fly to Detroit today to talk with
Rogers denied he was a candidate for
the post last week.
ROGERS HAS been under fire for a 5-
6 season with a young team. He came to
Arizona State in 1980 from Michigan
State and posted seasons of 7-4, 9-1, 10-2
K night defends Giomis dismissal
Indiana coach sets
own grading scale
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for me that hasn't been on the bench?"
he said. "See, I put Quinn Buckner on
the bench once for two games when he
was a senior. Now this isn't a
sophomore we're talking about, but a
senior who had been my captain for
three years, been an All-Big Ten player
two years, All-American one year. And
he spends two games on the bench.
"I think, hopefully, what it does is
give a player an opportunity to concen-
trate on play and to really examine
himself and see just what we are
talking about. And being the kind of guy
I think Steve is, he has got to learn
something from any basketball ex-
perience he has."
Knight pointed out that he had made
a similar lineup change against
Michigan State last year without the
In that game,.Knight started senior
guard Chuck Franz and then-freshmen
Alford, Thomas, Morly Simmons and
Todd Meier. However he did play Uwe
Blab, Dan Dakich, Courtney Witte and
Stew Robinson in the 70-62 overtime
By DouglasB. Levy
BLOOMINGTON, (AP) - Cutting
classes was the reason Coach Bob
Knight booted Mike Giomi off the In-
diana basketball team, and Knight says
Giomi wasn't the only Hoosier player
given an academic ultimatum last
"Daryl Thomas was told that if he cut
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[ violence, my word for today is LOVE. My years in Ann Arbor, as a
student at Michigan, have been special. Here is a brief list of people, places,
memories and ideals that I love:
eDale Bahr, Michigan's wrestling coach.
E Michigan Stadium filled to capacity.
" Michel Oxenberg, professor of political science.
" Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burgers.
" Bo Schembechler.
" Wrigley Field.
" Willie Stargell.
" Centre Court Wimbledon.
" Bud Middaugh, a phenomenal baseball coach.
" Joe McFarland, 134-pound Wolverine wrestler.
" Yost Ice Arena.
" Deng Xiaoping.
" The Arb.
" Barry Larkin.
" John McEnroe.
" Michigan beating Illinois at anyth ng.
" U-M's History Department.
" Antoine Joubert's leadership.
" Sigma Alpha Mu.
" The Pittsburgh Pirates.
" My mom, dad and even my sister Sue.
" Sidney Fine, professor of history.
" White Castle after 3:30 a.m.
* Joe Wells, Michigan's assistant wrestling coach.
" Howard Cosell, anywhere, anytime, any issue.
* The Rose Bowl, especially when the Wolverines play in it.
* Michigan beating Ohio State at anything.
" Debbie Dioguardi, an amazing sales manager.
* Jerry Hanlon, his football players love the man.
* Butch Wade and his ferocious rebounding.
" Sports fans from Chicago.
* The National Invitation Tournament.
" Red Berenson and the future of Michigan hockey.
" The eight residents at 1020 Oakland Street.
" Buzz Alexander, Professor of English.
" Phyllis Ocker, Women's Athletic Director
" Bruce Madej, Michigan's Sports Information Director.
" The IM Building.
" The State of Israel.
" The memory of Bob Ufer
" The Beatles.
* The Michigan Marching Band.
" Tom Watson.
" Reading Sports Illustrated.
" Eric Turner for making three lean years bearable.
" Gary Grant, the best freshman hoopster in the world.
" Anthony Carter freaking out defensive backfields.
" The Big Ten Conference.
" Walter Payton's class.
" Roberto Clemente.
" Muhammad Ali because he WAS the greatest.
" Ray L. Fisher Stadium.
" John Fisher, an awesome young wrestler.
" Jamie Morris for coming to Michigan over Syracuse.
" Roy Tarpley and his lifelong ambition to be a point guard.
" Hill Auditorium.
" Hail tothe Victors.,
o Bill Frieder
" Mike Leach, NCAA singles champion in 1982.
" The Mazer family.
" Eric Berman, LSA-SG President 1983-84.
summer but rejoined the team as a
walk-on, contingent on steady class at-
Knight wouldn't discuss other id-
nividual cases, but he told the In-
dianapolis News in a telephone inter-
view, "I expect each kid to do as well as
he can academically. And if, in the in-
dividual case of a kid that he is not
doing as well as he can, and I check into
it and if class attendance has been
negligent, then class attendance
becomes a prerequisite for that kid.
"If he's not been going to tutoring
sessions, then going to tutoring sessions
becomes a prerequisite for that kid. If
the kid has a tutoring session
scheduled, I expect him to attend it.
"IF THE KID is in some kind of lec-
ture class and he's getting an A or B in
it and he doesn't have perfect class at-
tendance, I don't get all hung up about
that if he's able to do the reading or
whatever has to be done.
"But when a kid has problems, if
anytime a kid does and when we check
the reasons for it, then I'll make
whatever decisions that have to be done
based on the individual kid."
Knight said he talked with Giomi and
offered to help him find another school.
Giomi is enrolled at Indiana, but
rumors are he has four schools under
consideration. He would have only one
remaining season of eligibility.
KNIGHT ALSO reiterated his belief
that the recent benching Steve Alford
and three other starters against Illinois
was not that drastic.
"What starting player has ever played
Michigan Basketball Statistics
G-S FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA
Pct REB-AvG A Pts Avg
Rellford ...... .................
34 359 18.9
105 267 14.8
93 265 13.9
4 207 10.9
11 141 7.4
26 115 6.8
10 98 5.4
40 91 4.8
2 14 0.9
1 2 0.3
0 0 0.0
MICHIGAN ....................... 19 618-1194 .518 323-440 .734 723-38.1 326 155982.1
OPPONENTS ..................... 19 559-1128 .496 232-311 .746 558-29.4 258135071.1
BIG TEN STATISTICS
... couldn't make the grade
classes in summer school he would lose
his scholarship," Knight said of his 6-
foot-7 sophomore forward, who is
recuperating from a knee injury.
"Daryl Thomas is still here."
GIOMI, WHO started 11 games for
the Hoosiers this season, was dismissed
last Wednesday for not attending some
classes. He had lost his scholarship last
Stokes, Iowa ..............
Skiles, MSU ...............
Blab, Ind ...............
Wright, Iowa .................. 9
Montgomery, Ill............... 8
Bullock, Purdue ............... 9
Winters, Ill.................... 9
Field Goal Percentage
G FG FGA Pct
Blab, Ind...................... 9 75 118 .636
Bullock, Purdue ............... 9 54 96 .563
Roth, Wis...................... 9 63 122 .557
Shasky, Minn.................. 9 50 91 .549
GRANT, MICH................ 9 52 97 .536
Olsen, Wis..............9 62 12
Sellers, OSU ................
Johnson, MSU .................
Stokes, Iowa ................
WADE, MICH ..............
Free Throw Percentage
Alford, Ind..................... 8 28
Stokes, OSU ................... 9 24
Vincent, MSU ................. 9 45
Shasky, Minn ...............9 35
Sellers, OSU................9 30
PREMIERES TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1985
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